Was Shakespeare a Fan of Astrology?

moonclouds_smallI couldn’t resist reblogging a link to this article about some of my favorite subjects, writing, Shakespeare and astrology:

“The Bard used astrological nuance to move along his plots and refine his characters, astrologer says.”

In the final act of Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony describes Brutus, the man who came not to praise Caesar but to bury him, in these glowing terms:

“His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, this was a man!”

This is rare praise indeed for an assassin.  But Brutus had dispatched a megalomaniac (Caesar) whose ambitions threatened the cherished way citizens governed themselves in ancient Rome.

Unlike most modern theatre-goers, those sitting in the Globe Theatre audience when the play was first performed 450 years ago would have been much more likely to pick up on the fact that the “elements” Anthony refers to are the astrological elements medieval astrologers considered when making judgments about the temperamental qualities inherent in man’s nature.  Most in the audience would have brought to the theatre at least a fundamental awareness of the concepts involved. . . More of this article (by Edward Snow, Managing Editor of the Astrology News Service) at  http://astrologynewsservice.com/news/was-shakespeare-a-fan-of-astrology/

JULY 26 ~ daily astrology for writers ~ Writing With The Stars

moonclouds_smallThe grand trine of yesterday continues to bless your writing this morning. By the afternoon, Mars has moved into the intense sign of Scorpio adding a depth of emotion to your work. Tonight you are torn between being wild and original, or trying to please everyone. You could be torn between writing what you love, or writing what is socially acceptable. Neptune favours writing what you love. With the New Moon in Leo, be bold!

JULY 25 ~ daily astrology for writers ~ Writing With The Stars

moonclouds_smallWriters of children’s literature will have a field day today! With Moon, Venus and Mercury in Cancer any writing that involves nurturing others will be strong. Writing projects such as cookbooks or self-help books will also go well today. Sun conjunct Jupiter in Leo gives a wonderful dramatic flair to your writing today. This evening practical issues arise, but you’ll be able to address them easily.

JULY 23 ~ daily astrology for writers ~ Writing With The Stars

moonclouds_smallFrustrations from yesterday remain, but you see how they can serve your writing today. The depth of feeling you captured yesterday has given your writing more impact. You get a real feeling of peace as you see where recent frustrations served to make your writing better. Now you know that any problems in the outside world can make your writing stronger. That kind of peace is priceless!

JULY 22 ~ daily astrology for writers ~ Writing With The Stars

moonclouds_smallThe world interferes with your writing today. It could get very frustrating. Channel that frustration by writing that volatile emotional scene. With a Uranus, Moon, Saturn yod, it may not be the most comfortable writing day. Let any difficult emotions serve your writing today. Capture the feelings by writing them down. Even short, emotional notes can serve your work later if you capture them today.

JULY 21 ~ daily astrology for writers ~ Writing With The Stars

moonclouds_smallMoon enters Gemini, sign of communication today. Your heart is in your writing. Watch for being overly dramatic this morning with Moon trine Jupiter in Leo. This evening, any writing concerning family or ancestry is highlighted. There may be a conflict between your feelings and your ideas. Go with the heart over the mind this evening. You can always edit later.

JULY 20 ~ daily astrology for writers ~ Writing With The Stars

moonclouds_smallThere is a conflict between the plot you outlined, and what your characters want to do. That conflict will be resolved by the afternoon. By evening, new issues arise between your vision of the work and the reality of it. Don’t let your emotions rule your writing today. Be practical. Work out the details with brutal honesty. You may have to edit out a scene you really loved in order to save the story.